Claire Rolls

Claire lives in the leafy green suburbs in Hawke’s Bay with her two teenage children. She brings her experience and passion for working with children, along with a leadership and management background; she hopes to make a positive impact on the early childhood sector in the Christchurch, for many years to come.

Claire is a long-time advocate for children’s causes and education issues with 23 years experience within the early childhood sector. Claire’s skill set and experience is based around building learning communities, organisational culture, building successful teams with technical skills and best practice within the industry.

Claire is distinguished by her ability to identify, leverage, and develop teams. Throughout her career, she has helped teachers recognize their unique capabilities and position themselves as strong leaders through leadership development. She has a contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in people that inspires them to become prouder, stronger, and more valuable contributors to their community.  


Cathy Sherwood

Cathy and husband Paul are farmers in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay and they have four teenage children. Cathy has been in the ECE industry for 19 years, 6 years as a teacher and 13 years in various management and consultancy roles. Cathy has established and managed 6 successful Early childhood centres in Hawke’s Bay and Auckland and has supported a number of ECE centres to increase and maintain quality outcomes for children and develop effective teaching teams.

Cathy takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together, helps others extend their thinking, and drives sustainable business advantage by ensuring an environment where people and knowledge can flourish. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that ensures a high quality environment for all involved; children, parents, teachers and the community.


Rob Farrell

Rob has been a Christchurch local for 30 years and shares three beautiful children, with his wife Nicola. Rob has developed a strong appreciation for the important role that quality childcare plays in our children’s lives. The dedicated teachers, the community spirit of the families and the learning approach are key ingredients of what makes Grow unique. Professionally, Rob has a commercial background and spent the last 15 years across the property, construction and banking sectors. Rob works to develop and execute a strategic vision and plan to maximize our efforts to provide the Grow community of learners with quality access to educational and life opportunities.


Sam Rofe

A prolific constructor in NZ for over 30 years, Sam Rofe shares a common view amongst his Box 112 colleagues that Otautahi – Christchurch has the potential to be the most liveable city on the planet earth. Sam’s vision during his construction career has been one focused on advancing building knowledge, leadership, with an aesthetic grounded in realism infused with strong partnerships   that create memories and bonds that last a lifetime.

This vision has motivated me to create child centred spaces and communities with a heightened level of design sophistication and individuality with a focus on sustainability, quality and craftsmanship. The spaces where we build, the centres we design, the experiences we offer, are thoughtfully planned and carefully considered, in the spirit of knowing we are building more than a childcare centre, we are building trust and impacting the lives of those who place trust in us.

Sam has two children of his own and has spent several years as a parent in early childhood education. He understands the importance that early childhood education has on future success in school and in life. He is excited to be able to offer a high quality early learning centre in the Otautahi community and is looking forward to making a positive impact on the learning community at Grow.